'A beautifully written biography...Prepare to be astonished by this little-known story of a genuine legend.' -- ELLE
'A book packed with iridescent detail.' -- BARRY HUMPHRIES, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'A sumptuously detailed biography.' -- SUSIE MAGUIRE, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
'Messrs Ryersson and Yaccarino must be congratulated on having disinterred her bizarre and fascinating story. Their account, written in an an appropriately rococo style, dwells lovingly on all the most extravagant aspects of Luisa's career.' -- SELINA HASTINGS, LITERARY REVIEW
'Meticulously researched over three continents and six years, this biography promises to breathe new life into the Casati myth...a refreshing read.' -- KIM LANGLEY, VOGUE AUSTRALIA
'This meticulously researched biography is as much art history as chronicle of personal obsession.' -- LESLIE CHESS FELLER, NEW YORK TIMES
A cult figure for the new millennium!
'It is easy to see how the Marchesa Casati could become a cult figure for the new millennium. She has been the subject of poems, plays, films and novels. But what she now demands, based on this book, is a grand opera.' -- MICHAEL HOLYROYD
'The fabled Marchesa Casati was the "dark lady" of her day...one of the most amazing stories of our time.' -- SHERIDAN MORLEY, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
Extraordinary, exotic, outlandish!
'Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino have researched their subject with depth and thoroughness, without which this book could easily have been thought to be fiction. They have brought to life a true feeling of the belle epoque and the extraordinary, exotic, outlandish character of La Casati.' -- LADY MOOREA BLACK, SPECTATOR
'Like a siren seated on the rocks of Capri, or a fabulously plumed bird of paradise shimmering in the grandest salon, the Marchesa Casati was the most extraordinary of the self-styled femmes fatales. Now, at last, we have a book which captures the legend; this engrossing study of the divine Luisa unfolds the fascinating story of her bizarre, baroque life in riveting detail.' -- STEPHEN CALLOWAY, CURATOR, VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
The ultimate Gothic heroine!
'The fabulous Marchesa Casati was the ultimate Gothic heroine, a bizarre and beautiful figure. Take a leaf out of this book and indulge in a dark and decadent Gothic revival.' -- MEREDITH ETHERINGTON-SMITH, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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